After a slow start in the 1st quarter, the Illinois Fighting Illini picked it up in the 2nd, scoring 24 points! I got deep into this game because it is rare that I get the chance to watch a Fighting Illini game entirely. The 1st quarter was hard to watch because I knew that we were better than the UConn Huskies, yet we were not showing it which led me to voicing my frustrations on Twitter.
UConn is one of those teams that start out strong going into the 1st quarter of the game, easing it up prior to the half then returning in the 3rd quarter bringing the heat again. The scary part about this game was that we lost one of our top players, Reggie Corbin, and certainly cannot forget about Mike Epstein in the season opener who could of been difference makers on how we started out this game, but the Fighting Illini held on to win.
One thing that the Fighting Illini does a lot is showboat after every huge play and score. And in this game against UConn we got hit with a lot of un-sportsman like flags which was hilarious to watch as a Fighting Illini fan. I cannot think of any game against an opponent that we did not celebrate after a score.
Next week, the Fighting Illini takes on Eastern Michigan Eagles in what is chance to go 3-0 going into Big Ten match-ups which will test how good this team is.